TAMPA, FL (August 2, 2007)—Tour operator Cox & Kings USA announces a Signature Travel Extension titled “Mt. Everest & Nepal.” The private four day, three night tour includes a two-hour round trip helicopter tour to Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the Himalayan Mountain Range at 29,035 feet.
Accompanied by expert Mt. Everest summiteers, the tour passes close to the face of the snow-covered Himalayas, landing at the remote Tengboche Monastery with its magnificent views of Mt. Everest. The summiteer guides will provide insight into the culture of the region as well as share their first-hand knowledge of these mountains. Two of the summiteers that may accompany the helicopter tour are Pemba Gyalje Sherpa and Dorjee Lama Sherpa—both have climbed to the top of Everest six times.
Two days of the “Mt. Everest & Nepal” trip are devoted to touring the beautiful Kathmandu Valley. The tour includes Durbar Square, the ancient temple complex of Bodinath, and the medieval town of Bhaktapur where artisans practice their native crafts. Nyatapola Temple and the Palace of Fifty-five Windows with its famous Barking Bell, and the Golden Gate—considered by many to be the most beautiful and richly molded gate of its kind in Asia—are also among the highlights.
Guests dine at local Nepalese restaurants, including at an old palace, and at Rumdoodles, which is a well-known restaurant to mountaineers. Any climber who has ascended one of the major peaks has his or her signature on one of the walls.
Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu is home base for the three nights. The deluxe, historic hotel was recently featured in the book “Hip Hotels: Orient.” A living tribute to Nepal’s historic and cultural architecture, the compound was created from centuries old intricately carved wood and terracotta work. Each of the comfortable rooms has is own character, decorated with native textiles and art.
Cox & Kings uses French manufactured Ecureuil helicopters with five seats for all helicopter journeys in Nepal. Views of the Himalayas and flying conditions are at their best from late September to late December.
About Cox & Kings USA
Founded by Richard Cox in London, 1758, Cox & Kings is the longest running travel company in the world. Specialists in both small group and private, customized tours, their Exquisite Cultural & Wildlife Adventures cover Africa, Asia & Pacific, India & Beyond, Latin America, and Arabia & Northern Africa.